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Walchensee Forever

Dir. Janna Ji Wonders / Germany / 2020 / 110’ / Polish premiere


Family Album


Director: Janna Ji Wonders
Screenplay: Janna Ji Wonders, Nico Woche
Cinematography: Janna Ji Wonders, Sven Zellner, Anna Werner
Editing: Anja Pohl
Sound: Janna Ji Wonders, Sven Zellner
Music: Markus Acher, Cico Beck
Producers: Katharina Bergfeld, Martin Heisler, Nadja Smith
Production: Flare Film in co-production with: BR - Bayerischer Rundfunk
World sales: Deckert Distribution
Language: German, English



In her documentary family saga “Walchensee Forever”, director Janna Ji Wonders embarks on a voyage of discovery spanning four generations of women over a century. In order to uncover the secrets and her role in the generation chain, she leads us from the family café at the Bavarian Lake Walchensee via Mexico to San Francisco during the “Summer of Love”, to Indian ashrams, a German commune, and back again.


Berlinale (Kompass-Perspektive Award), Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival (Golden Alexander Newcomers Award), Taiwan International Documentary Festival, DOK.fest München, Istanbul International Film Festival, Biografilm (Best Film Unipol Award), Dokufest Prizren, EIDF, Der neue Heimatfilm Freistadt (Audience Award), Fünf Seen Film Festival (Audience Award), DocAviv, Musikfilmtage Oberaudorf (Opening Film), Film Ohne Grenzen Festival Bad Saarow, Festival du Cinéma allemand á Paris (Audience Award), Riga International Film Festival, West Lake International Documentary Festival, Seminci Valladolid, Braunschweig International Film Festival, Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad”, exground filmfest (Audience Award), Festival of German Films in China, Kasseler Dokfest, PÖFF - Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival, GZDOC, Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival, Budapest International Documentary Festival, Tempo International Documentary Festival, Vilnius International Film Festival


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Janna Ji Wonders
Janna Ji Wonders was born in Mill Valley, California and lives in Munich, Bavaria. She studied at the University of Television and Film Munich, where she directed numerous music videos, shorts and documentaries. Her award-winning films, including the L.A. hip-hop documentary “Bling Bling” and “Street Punk Moscow” about young punks in Russia, were shown at international film festivals around the world. With her band YA-HA! she released a debut album. Her feature film “I Remember” was selected for the Berlinale 2015, while her concept for “Walchensee Forever” received the Berlinale Made in Germany Award. The completed film “Walchensee Forever” premiered at the Berlinale 2020 where it won the Kompass-Perspektive Award. In January 2020 it received the Bavarian Film Award.




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